It is not necessarily bad to lift weights at your age, although it would be wise to make sure that you are using the correct form on your movements. Also, it may help to understand the types of work outs your are performing and if they are counter intuitive. Lifting weights is perfectly safe if done correctly and in moderation. Anything in excess will be harmful for your joints. If your experiencing joint problems take a few days off and allow them to heal.
it should be perfectly okay for you to lift weights at the age of 16. But the fact that you are hurting is an indication that something is not right. My guess is that it is the amount of weight and the way your are lifting, probably a combination of both.
If you can, getting a professional trainer for just a few sessions would be ideal. The trainer could show you the correct techniques and put a routine together for you that is balanced and appropriate.
In the meantime: it it hurts beyond normal muscle soreness, lay off and let things rest.
I wish you good luck.
Hello Stephen East,
Lifting is fine when done properly and safely.
You want to start out with proper form first, using light weights.
When I was a young teenager, I learned much from the enjoyable weight lifting club in school. Do you have access to such a program?
Being small for your age, as you mention, is only a very general guide. You may want to check with your doctor to see how you are doing on your personal growth chart; that is what matters. While at the doctor, let them know about your activity and joint pain. Have you spoken to your parents/guardians about this?
We all come in different shapes and sizes which are healthy.
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Good luck to you and keep up the motivation…safely, please.
I agree with the above posts. You need to pay more attention on the form and less on how much you can lift. If you execute an exercise correctly, then you will not need as much weight. As Karin suggested, a good idea might be to hire a trainer or ask a trainer at your gym (if you belong to one) to show you how to perform your exercises correctly and help you figure out the right weight for you to lift. Trying to lift more weight is not always the best way to go about it. Try to lift smart and you will see faster results and you will also become more efficient. You have your whole life ahead of you to gain muscle and get stronger. Be patient and learn as you go.
I hope this helps.
Hi Stephan, lifting weights as a teenager is great as long as you do it correctly and safeUUly, hire a trainer or educate yourself. There is a great book on strength training for teenagers or young athletes by Wayne Westcott phd and Avery Faigenbaum phd. Just google it and the books should show up on amazon. They also have written several great articles. Be smart and train smart and you will result that do not cause you pain just maybe some muscle discomfort..